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Star Wars Party Ideas You Can Create in 30 Minutes
With the re-vamping of a new “Star Wars” trilogy now in full force, and even the beginning of the new anthology series hitting theaters in December with “Rogue One”, people are wanting to have Star Wars parties now more than ever! And who can blame them? Star Wars is pretty much one of the most awesome things….Ever! My husband and I absolutely love Star Wars (my favorite is Return of the Jedi, his is Empire Strikes Back). We love it so much in fact that we even dressed up in outfits for the latest Disneyland Dapper Day to look like Leia, Luke, and R2D2 in the throne room scene at the end of A New Hope:
We can’t wait till our little gets old enough to start watching and enjoying the Star Wars films and share that love with her. In the meantime, we find plenty of unique ways to share our Star Wars love as a family. Aside from our favorite Dapper Day ever, we also decided to have our Fourth of July BBQ Star Wars themed!
I see many creative Star Wars-inspired foods online, and they look so delicious and fun! But since I am pretty strictly following an all-natural-ingredient lifestyle, it was important for me to think outside the box by making themed treats and party food that were healthy, yet enjoyable for kids and adults. My life’s passion is cooking clean and sharing my food and lifestyle with my family, friends, and readers, so why not infuse a little Star Wars fun into that as well?
What was great about our Fourth of July BBQ was that our spread could be used for any type of celebration, not just 4th of July! You can easily use our spread for a children’s Star Wars-themed party, a movie screening party, or just a family-fun movie night. And as the title mentions, the best part is that it took us only 30 minutes to make all of our food and set up. How cool is that? Having hosted many parties, it can be rewarding but also sometimes disappointing (and exhausting) if you’re missing half of your child’s birthday party because you’re preparing food or cleaning up. With this spread, you don’t have to miss out!
BB-8 Cheese PL-8
Our BB-8 Cheese PL-8 was pretty simple, and no cooking required! It had mozzarella cheese slices, baby carrots, and black olives. These are healthy food options that you can just throw together, but the contrast of the colors really make this plate pop! I paired it with the name card (I included all of my name plate printables at the bottom of this post that you’re welcome to print and use), and our BB-8 Funko Pop figurine to really make this look fun.
Princess Leia’s Cinnamon Buns
For a clean-eating treat on the sweeter side, I included Princess Leia’s Cinnamon Bun Rolls–since Rey has the three-bun look, you could call them Rey’s Cinnamon Buns instead, if you like! These take about 2 minutes to make, yet they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
To make 6 cinnamon rolls, you will need:
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large whole wheat tortilla
Whisk all of the ingredients together, then spread onto your tortilla. Roll your tortilla up like a burrito and put in the microwave for 15 seconds. Then, cut into 6 pieces. To keep them together, and for easier serving I stuck a toothpick in each one:
Lightsaber Fruit Skewers
To make these, I just got some basic wooden skewers from my local Sprouts. To represent the base of the lightsabers, I used blackberries. Then for the tops to represent the Dark Side, you could use sliced strawberries or raspberries. For the Light Side, rather than doing the traditional blue lightsaber color, I decided to do green! (Partly because blueberries were too close in color to blackberries, I really wanted these to be a treat for the eye) For a green lightsaber you can use kiwi or green grapes.
Light Side of the Force Infused Water
This infused water not only looked beautiful but was easy to make! All I did was add a couple of large handfuls of blueberries to the bottom of my pitcher, then top it with ice, Perrier, and more blueberries! It’s a great alternative to a kid’s or adult’s party, and is a crowd-pleaser because of the slight fruity flavor and the bubbles. You could alternatively make the “Dark Side of the Force Infused Water” by using strawberries instead. I love doing pitcher drinks for any type of get-together, one reason being that it looks more Instagram/magazine worthy to me. But mainly because at parties half empty cans and water bottles tend to quickly build up and get left around, making your perfectly decorated get-together that you put a lot of work into look like the after-math of a frat party! A no-go for a minimalist, type-A personality such as myself.
Light Side/Dark Side Snack Cups
These delicious bite-sized desserts are another easy-to-make crowd-pleaser. You will want to make these about 2 hours ahead of time, so that they can sit in the fridge to solidify. Once they are done though, they have the exact texture of the richest fudge you can imagine, with the tart contrast and juiciness of fresh fruit on top.
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 T coconut oil
- Strawberries & Blackberries
- Combine your ingredients in a saucepan, stirring frequently. Heat until the mixture starts bubbling.
- Grease a muffin tin and pour the chocolate mixture into it (you can use with or without muffin liners, you will get a cleaner look and easier serving w/ liners).
- Top with one strawberry and one blackberry each, and put in the fridge for 2 hours or more (you can even make these the night before if you choose). Remove from fridge immediately before serving.
Dark Side Spicy Burgers
Since I’m a vegetarian but my husband isn’t, we BBQed some Boca burgers, and some Turkey burgers! I got this amazing Zak! Darth Vader serving tray on clearance at Target for $2.98! (On a side note, I always make it a rule of thumb to check the Target end-caps for killer clearance deals)
We stacked some burger patties, 100-calorie whole wheat sandwich thins, and some lettuce for burger toppings (You can put whatever toppings you like on a platter for your guests). The BBQing of the burgers was the only thing that we had to prep last minute, but when that’s the only cooking you need to do as your guests are at your party, it is much nicer to be socializing outside at the BBQ rather than being stuck alone in the kitchen why everyone else is enjoying the party you worked so hard for.
The Star Wars Decor
The decor was rather simple. Again I went to Target (because who doesn’t love it there) and I went to the party aisle. They had super affordable disposable party wear. I got an 8-pack of the large black plates with silver rim for $1.99. Believe it or not, these weren’t Star Wars plates! They seemed so perfect to use for our set-up though because the silver lines seemed to remind me of Klyo Ren. The small Star Wars-licensed plates were also $1.99 for an 8-pack. I got a $2 black tablecloth (which also had the silver Kylo Ren-esque lines), and yellow napkins and forks to go with the traditional Star Wars logo colors of yellow and black.
We had a Boba Fett stein from a recent trip to Disneyland, and since it’s not super easy to drink out of we turned it into a succulent plant holder:
Of course, not everyone might be able to get a Disneyland Boba Fett stein. But any fun Star Wars mug or cup would do the trick.
Being major Star Wars fans, we already had a few Funko Pop! dolls on hand that we put on the table, but really you could add any Star Wars figurines! Your food itself will look so bright and colorful, and without any high-sodium, messy dips, even as the food is picked over your set-up will still look nice, so decorations can be minimal. It’s really all about the presentation of the food! We also made some cards to label all the food–fortunately for my readers, we included them for free for you to print out on cardstock and use at your own Star Wars party! You can click on the Google Docs link to access them:
A permanent fixture in our backyard is a small projector screen. It’s perfect for evening get-togethers or just for summer family movie nights. We decided to play Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the background:
There are tons of projector screens available on Craigslist, and has been a great way for us to save money on movies or other evening entertainment–it’s definitely worth the investment, and always ensures a magical evening of family fun.
As one last final touch, my artist husband labeled our event with our daughter’s sidewalk chalk:
Needless to say, we had an incredible Star Wars Party with our family, and even though our daughter might not know what Star Wars is all about yet, good food, a movie on the projector, and sidewalk chalk made her a happy camper!